Festival Creative Producers + Administrators gain hands-on leadership training in this conversational and collaborative program for young people, led by young people. Festival Creative Producers + Administrators engage with the Festival as creative thinkers, planning events and promotional projects to ensure the success of the festival for its participants and audience. Four participants will receive a personalized mentorship with a Paprika staff member that may involve seeking sponsorship, planning a hoppin’ fundraiser, production and technical experiences, and more. Festival Creative Producers + Administrators have a hand in it all and are a vital part of Paprika. 21/22 FCPA will be delivered entirely online and is open for applications from across the country.
This program is designed for artists under 30. We encourage self-identified emerging artists and young artists to apply.
*Indigenous artists who are interested in participating in the Indigenous Arts Program along with Festival Creative Producers & Administrators will receive full support through both programs, and will have the option to return for a second year of project development through IAP. You will only need to submit one application – please check the box to let us know you are interested in IAP when applying.
If you have any questions about the Indigenous Arts Program, please feel free to email Jay Northcott, the Indigenous Arts Program Producer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival Creative Producers + Administrators Facilitator 2021/22
Kevin Matthew Wong (he/him) is a Hakka Chinese-Canadian theatre creator, facilitator, performer and producer. His artistic practice often involves personal storytelling, object puppetry and video projections. Kevin is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Broadleaf Theatre, a company that merges environmentalism and live performance. His documentary-theatre solo-performance The Chemical Valley Project – a collaboration with co-creator Julia Howman and Aamjiwnaang First Nation Water Protectors Vanessa Gray and Beze Gray – tackles environmental racism in Canada. Kevin has collaborated with companies such as Theatre Passe Muraille, Cahoots Theatre, the Macau-Toronto music theatre company Music Picnic, The Shaw Festival, The Stratford Festival, and the American social justice residency The Gardarev Center. Kevin is also a Producer at Why Not Theatre, leading its Make stream of projects and tours including Mahabharata at The Shaw Festival, Prince Hamlet, and What You Won’t Do For Love, starring Drs. Tara Cullis and David Suzuki. kevinmatthewwong.com
In addition to being part of this program, all participants gather for five virtual Training Day Labs led by professional artists, with workshop topics ranging from physical theatre, to pitching your show, to re-Indigenizing artistic practices, and building a career in the arts. These days are a chance for participants to meet and work with one another (and find future collaborators!)
- Attend 2-3 hour online program meetings on Mondays between 6:30PM – 9:30PM ET approximately monthly between December 2021 – May 2022
- Fulfill a mentorship with a Paprika staff (designed by you!)
- Attend a Paprika-wide online meet and greet (November 21, 2021) and virtual Paprika Festival Training Days (December 5, 2021, January 16, 2022, February 27, 2022, March 27, 2022, April 24, 2022)
- Must be available remotely during Festival Tech Week (May 9 – 15, 2022) and for the Festival (May 16 – 22, 2022)
Online (from wherever you are! 🖤)
This program will be offered entirely online. Participants will also collaborate and connect with other Paprika program participants during Paprika Training Days and the company-wide meet & greet, which will take place digitally. Festival Creative Producers & Administrators festival sharings will be live-streamed for an online audience, and presented in person at the festival where possible and when sensible, and in accordance with public health directives.